5 July 2020 Watering Tomatoes

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Twenty one tomato plants each received a pail of rain water collected from my house roof. Water was transported via wheelbarrow. Two wheelbarrows full is sufficient. Tomatoes are thriving but no ripe ones as yet.

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29 June 2020 Garlic Rounds

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About 30 garlic rounds were harvested.They are produced from bulbils. They will be allowed to dry and will be planted in October to over winter to produce about four cloves in a bulb used for producing new garlic when plated in 2021. They take little room and allow the whole main crop to be utilized meaning about 20% is usually used for next years crop. Also the new crop is defect free renewed every year.

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27 June 2020 Stock Pot

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Stock pot for cooking produce prior to pressure canning was replaced. It is 32 liters capacity, perfect for my application. Cost 94 dollars from Canadian Tire.

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25 June 2020 Kale

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First canning of the 2020 garden season. Kale ws ready. Eleven one liter jars pressure canned at 15 PSI for 15 minute for off season preservation.

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24 June 2020 Chickpea Tempeh

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Chickpea Tempeh. Method, dehull, cook boil for two hours, add two tablespoons of vinegar, add half teaspoon of tempeh starter, place in cotton covered mould, place in fermenter set at 31C for 48 hours. It was decided to ferment another 24 hours.

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Fermentation was extended a further 16 hours. This completely fermented all chickpeas. The two cakes weigh about 700 grams and about 50 to 80 grams makes a serving. I ingest a piece of this weight daily for part of my breakfast. Tempeh soy, chickpea, and lentil is my main source of protean, in essence completely replacing meat;

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22 June 2020 Red Lentil Tempeh

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Half liter of Red lentil Tempeh was made. Lentils were purchased in bulk barn, dehulled. Wash about five times, cooked for two to three minutes in boiling water,cooled to room temperature, two tablespoons of vinegar added (can skip if you like) half teaspoon of tempeh starter added and mixed thoroughly. Placed in cotton cloth molds, placed in fermenter set at 31C for about 48 hours. Result is perfect tempeh.

Washing and preventing the lentils from coagulating by stirring is relatively important.Mycelium cannot permeate clumps readily.

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18 June 2020 Watering tomatoes

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The tomatoes get a pail of rainwater from the roof about every five days. The water is transported in a wheelbarrow, with a milk carton as a baffle to minimize wave spilling.I find this is more efficient than hose watering.The tomatoes appear to thrive on this treatment.Two wheelbarrows is sufficient water.

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15 June 2020 Rototilling with electric tiller.

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This area will be fallow this year. It was rototilled with my corded tiller. The tiller rotates faster than the small engine type and shreds the weeds to almost a powder. I will mulch the bed and use it for growing garlic next year.The tiller is a marvel and the is no hassel starting it.

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16 June 2020 Mulching fallow
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Bare ground not being used was mulched with wood chips. It will be planted with garlic in October. The ground had a sprinkling of Urea, nitrogen, and covered with wood chips. My view is bare ground is dead ground.

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14 June 2020 Nutsedge (Cyperus esculentus)

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There is nutsedge in the vegetable garden. It grows very quickly and must be pulled or constantly chopped with the hoe.Herbicides are not possible to use in the vegetable garden. I eventually remove it but it is a constant effort.Very easy to identify due to the unique leaf, which is not flat.

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11 June 2020 Tomatoes

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Tomato 21 were weeded,more mulch was added, and each had another string attached to support nascent branches carrying new tomatoes.It rained last night. The tomatoes are thriving.

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